Antique Scream
Antique Scream To see power trio Antique Scream on stage inevitably recalls images of Nirvana, with singer/guitarist/bassist Chris Rutledge shredding away passionately at his guitar, face always half obscured by a mop of blond hair, chin always covered in beard stubble. But musically, there are very few similarities, aside from the fact that Rutledge is a solid songwriter and a dexterous guitar player -- he focuses on infectious guitar hooks that recall ..60s psychedelic and garage grooves rather than mopey grunge dirges, and his lyrics are about love, not self-loathing. And while the band maintains a consistent gritty, bottom-heavy rock sound on its latest album, Sink the Sun, Antique Scream never sticks to one style, moving easily through a variety of vibes, from chugging space rock to primal blues. -- Niki D’Andrea

Music Reviews by Kent Manthie Antique Scream: “Beware of the Fox” (no label) How is it that these days some of the best rock & roll being made is being recorded by bands who aren’t signed by any labels and they just don’t care and instead they go ahead and write songs, record them in their bedrooms or garages or girlfriend’s house or whatever and it blows away anything put out by the Warner Bros. Group, Sony, Universal/MCA or any of the other music pimps. Antique Scream are the latest in that short-lived tradition, a trio from somewhere in these United States – they have the usual rock combo’s accoutrements: guitar, bass drums, but what sets this CD apart from myriad bores is that these guys put those widely used instruments, those ubiquitous tools of the trade, to good use. “Beware of the Fox” is a slick, well-produced CD. I looked all over for a record label logo but couldn’t find one – it sounded like it had to have some bucks behind it, but that can be deceiving these days with the increasing availability of better and better digital recording technology that can make any room into a recording studio. From the get-go I was entranced by an infectious set of beats and jammin’ hooks and tough riffs, anchored by a fuzzy bass, they are surprisingly intense, especially when you look at the kind of dorky cover they put on the CD case. What is the deal with that? It’s a goofy cartoon with a Little Red Riding Hood theme to it, or something like that. I was expecting something else but when the CD started playing I was pleasantly surprised. The CD just rocks and rocks all the way – slowing down for a minute on track 8, “A-Side” and on track 9 too, “El Borracho”, but it has a soulful, bluesy touch to it, white-boy-style, an almost seven minute ballad with a compelling grab to it and the last cut is a soulful, velvety number called “Trips to the Moon”. But there’s a little extra treat here for you: there’s another song hidden in track 10 – after the song is over the time counter keeps on going, on and on, until it gets to a little after 11 minutes and then – voila – a secret, unmentioned, hidden track! I think there may be a future for these guys, stay tuned and remember, you heard about them from me first! You can check out more about them at: http://www.antiquescream.com